Detailed Account of the Journey

Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Aḥmad ʿAlī Sahāranpurī wrote commentary notes on Bukhārī, Tirmidhī and other aḥadīth books and was a well known ʿĀlim (scholar) and muḥaddith (ḥadīth expert). He visited Calcutta to solicit financial assistance for the erection of the old Maẓāhir al-ʿUlūm structure, as he had previously stayed there for a long time and had good... Continue Reading →

Sacrifices in Teaching Children

Qārī Ṣiddīq Bāndwī said that, “I was given the responsibility to oversee the Dīnī affairs of a locality which was very barren and in need of desperate overhaul. They were oblivious of spending in the path of Allah.” During his visits to different villages, Qārī Ṣāḥib proposed the idea of sending children to his madrasā,... Continue Reading →

Being Particular in Noting the Time

Haḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Maẓhar Nānotvi is looked upon as the actual founder of the institute Maẓāhir al-ʿUlūm, Saharanpur. It was a well-known fact that if anyone visited him for a personal visit while he was busy teaching and spoke to him, he very particular in noting the time that went into the meeting. He used... Continue Reading →

This Cushion is Only for Teaching Purposes

Shaykh-ul-Ḥadīth Haḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Zakariyyā Kandelwhī writes that, I have not experienced this incident at first hand, but have heard it from two trustworthy sources. Once a very high personality from among the relatives of Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Khalīl Aḥmad Sahāranpūrī, who held a high position, came to visit him, while he was teaching. Up until... Continue Reading →

Acknowledging Mistakes

Muftī Taqī ʿUthmānī narrates that I have often experienced my father that in the midst of anger whilst scolding or reprimanding an individual, he were to discover his fault, he would immediately acknowledge his mistake and ask for forgiveness. This may be easy to say but to see it practically is another thing altogether. Unless... Continue Reading →

Paying Off Debts for Others

The easiest way in gaining the pleasure of Allah is to serve others and be a helping hand to his creation. Be of assistance at times of pain and difficulty. Visit them if they are sick. Pay off debts on behalf of others etc. Shaykh al-Islam Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī was penniless and a man... Continue Reading →

Sheer Simplicity

Shaykh al-Hind Mawlānā Maḥmūd al-Ḥasan narrates his eyewitness account of Mawlānā Qāsim Nānotawī: “His room was completely void of furniture. It contained only a mat even that which was torn. It was as if he selected a mat to keep for his entire life. There was neither a chest for clothes nor could a bundle... Continue Reading →

The Event Neither Took Place There Nor Here

Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Iḥtishām al-Ḥasan Kāndhlawī relates an incident regarding the sincerity of Shaykh al-Islam Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī and Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Ilyās Kāndlawī, “Once there was a Tablīghī gathering which took place in Khatolī. We accompanied Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Ilyās Kāndlawī to Khatolī. When we dismounted the train, it came to our knowledge that parades... Continue Reading →

Troubled by the Sorrowful State of the Muslims

After receiving news of the Muslims of Bānda leaving the fold of Islam, Qārī Ṣiddīq Bāndwī resigned from his teaching duties and returned to his hometown to propagate the religion of Islam. He would go from village to village on foot. He would make his own food arrangements thereby avoiding being a burden on anyone.... Continue Reading →

Seeking Forgiveness from a Sweeper

Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Asʿad Ullah was extremely soft-hearted and compassionate. He would be left troubled and in tears over trivial and insignificant matters. Whenever he rebuked someone and came to know that he was offended and hurt, he would immediately send for him and seek his forgiveness. Until he was not pardoned, he would not be... Continue Reading →

Never Forgetting God-Given Bounties

Muftī Muḥammad Taqī ʿUthmānī narrates an incident which occurred when his elder sister had pain in her teeth due to which many of her teeth had to be removed. She experienced severe pain in this process. Once, after having some teeth removed she came in the presence of her father (Muftī Muḥammad Shafīʿ). He enquired... Continue Reading →

Helping the Abandoned

In 1949, Qārī Ṣiddīq Bāndwī had the opportunity to perform his first ḥajj. He mentioned that his habit was to spend his entire time in the Masjid al-Ḥarām and would only leave out of necessity. He further relates [in humility] that Allah granted me the chance to serve his bondsmen. One of my fellow companions... Continue Reading →

Being Content with a Mud House

Mawlānā Sayyid Aṣghar Ḥusain was a role model in terms of discharging his duties and being considerate towards his relatives, friends and neighbours. His house was made of mud, which needed reinforcement every year. While doing so he had to take all of his household items. On one occasion Muftī Muḥammad Shafīʿ told him that... Continue Reading →

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